Bhutan, the last kingdom of the Himalayas, is a country where happiness is paramount! Bordering India and China, this picturesque paradise is surrounded by the mysterious Himalayas, dotted with picturesque plains and magical semi-alpine mountains. Amid all these magical beauties, one can find a bunch of scenic spots in Bhutan.
Spread over an area of 47,000 square kilometers, Bhutan has something for everyone! If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, Bhutan’s tourist spots will find your favorite. For thrill-seekers, the Himalayas (7000m) and their rugged terrain are sure to get the adrenaline pumping! For nature lovers, Bhutan’s picturesque places will bring eternal justice. Well, if you want to travel to this happiest kingdom, here is a list of the most amazing places to visit in Bhutan:
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs over a cliff and stands above an enchanting forest of blue pines and rhododendrons. As this very beautiful and unique monastery is right on the hill (900m), a pony ride can be arranged, but only to the cafeteria. From there, there is another very steep walk and some narrow stairs leading to the monastery itself. The trail goes through the Butter Lamp Chapel and descends to a waterfall next to Snow Lion Cave. From now on, the view of the Paro Valley is breathtaking and the atmosphere is so sacred that it is a place every Bhutanese citizen wants to visit at least once in their lifetime. Where Guru Rinpoche brought Buddhism to Bhutan, he came on a tiger.
The second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong, or as some call it Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang (Grand Palace of Happiness), is also the most beautiful and majestic dzong in the country. Punakha is a 3-hour drive east of the capital, Thimphu, and after passing through the trails in the mountains, it is picturesque and picturesque from the first sight of the road. It is strategically placed between two rivers, Fuchu (male) and Muchu (female), with a distinct color difference between the waters of the two rivers. Connected to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, Punakha Dzong contains many precious relics from the time of the kingdoms when successive kings ruled the valley. Also, blessed with a mild climate, lilac jacaranda trees grow around Zong in spring.
The summit of Zuri Dzong Trek is perhaps the best spot for a panoramic view of the entire Paro Valley. Zuri Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan with a cave where Buddha meditated in the 8th century. This quiet place allows both Bhutanese and tourists to enjoy the serenity emanating from the unique scenery, where one can gaze in wonder and awe for hours. From the museum’s control tower, the total travel time there is about 30 minutes, plus an hour to leave for Oma. Visitors can look forward to sitting there and relaxing, remembering to witness the amazing side views while hiking.
Just a 10-minute drive from Paro Airport, Uma Paro Hotel stands proudly in the Himalayas, surrounded by lush pine forests and offering views of the Paro region. One of the only boutique hotels in the remote kingdom, it offers elegant interiors, delicious food, the cozy Como Shambhala resort, and a large swimming pool in stunning landscapes. It’s a waste of time just enjoying the stunning scenery of the Himalayas. The available rooms are dedicated to different views and needs according to each person’s preferences, such as Forest view rooms overlooking the surrounding pine forest. Or you can have valley view rooms that offer panoramic views of the Barrow Valley.
Gangtey Valley is one of the most impressive valleys in the Himalayas, many call it the Shangri-La of Bhutan, just as Bhutan is known as “one of the happiest countries in the world” and “the last Shangri-La”. On the ground, the surprise of discovering such a wide, flat, treeless valley after an arduous climb through dense forest is heightened by the expansive impression, an extremely rare experience in Bhutan as most of the valley is enclosed.
This moderate altitude visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, past meadows and fields, and then forests of juniper, magnolia, and rhododendrons, which bloom in April. In addition to scenic valleys and mountain trails through beautiful forests where shrubs change from rhododendrons and magnolias to dwarf ferns and bamboo, we can also visit the historic Gandy Temple and the Black-necked Crane Information Centre. Also, it will be a special treat for those visiting Gangti in winter, as they will be able to see the graceful black-necked cranes in motion as they head to their habitat.